DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
BURNET — The Burnet High School boys basketball team got off to a fast start Dec. 30 against the visiting Georgetown East View Patriots but just couldn’t finish it out later in the game, losing 53-45.
“They’re a tough opponent, and our kids stayed with them. We just struggled in the fourth quarter,” Bulldogs head coach Roy Kiser said.
Clayton Baumgart led the Bulldogs with 23 points followed by Colton Stevens with 12.
Baumgart went on a scoring frenzy in the first quarter when he hit 12 points, including two 3-pointers.
Going into the game, Kiser knew the Patriots would challenge his squad, but that was one of the reasons for scheduling East View and teams like them. While Burnet is a 3A school, Kiser said putting the Bulldogs in games against 4A school such as East View, and even 5A schools, definitely gets them ready for district competition.
And even beyond.
“Schools like East View, they have a lot of speed, and we need to see that speed,” Kiser said. “It really does prepare us for district.”
The Bulldogs enjoyed a few-days break over Christmas but returned to competition at the Fredericksburg High School tournament. The rest was nice because it gave players time to recuperate, Kiser said, but once it was over, there was no time for practices to get back in game shape.
Instead, the Bulldogs played six or seven games, including the East View contests.
“The break’s nice, and it’s good to play some games, but we need to also get some practice in,” Kiser said.
The Bulldogs will squeeze in some practices before heading to St. Andrew’s on Jan. 3 for a 2 p.m. tipoff. Then, they welcome McAllum on Jan. 6 at 6:45 p.m.
All this gets the Bulldogs prepped for the district-opener Jan. 10 at Liberty Hill with an 8 p.m. tipoff.